Welcome to Ghost Town, Georgia

A small Georgia town has been abandoned after an immigration raid.

Trailer parks lie abandoned. The poultry plant is scrambling to replace more than half its workforce. Business has dried up at stores where Mexican laborers once lined up to buy food, beer and cigarettes just weeks ago.

This Georgia community of about 1,000 people has become little more than a ghost town since Sept. 1, when federal agents began rounding up illegal immigrants.

The sweep has had the unintended effect of underscoring just how vital the illegal immigrants were to the local economy.

More than 120 illegal immigrants have been loaded onto buses bound for immigration courts in Atlanta, 189 miles away. Hundreds more fled Emanuel County. Residents say many scattered into the woods, camping out for days. They worry some are still hiding without food.


  1. And, SHOCKER, they actually raised wages and got new employees. Wow, the rules of macroeconomics do work when you remove illegal immigrants. Need workers…pay more…get workers. Perhaps we CAN survive without absorbing all of Mexico.

    And even though it’s Fox News, they still had to quote every sympathetic person they could find. The trailer park owner who lost all his tenants. The lady who took in an illegal’s kid when the kid’s loving mom dumped him off. The convenience store owners who now have to deal with overstocks of cigarettes and beer.

  2. ChipRogers says:

    I am going to go out on a limb here and predict the price of Chicken will not go up because we actually enforced the law.

  3. atlantaman says:

    “Business has dried up at stores where Mexican laborers once lined up to buy food, beer and cigarettes just weeks ago.”

    Depending on where you do business and what type of business you are in there are all sorts of unique and inherent risks. Owning a business where the majority of your revenues come from illegal aliens would definitely be a risk you would have try to quantify when developing a business plan.

  4. CHelf says:

    Considering it’s only one poultry plant, I’d say you’re right about the price of chicken. Do this across the state and then see what happens.

    I’d go out on a limb and say that none of the businesses and any employers have and will be punished for breaking the law. Strike one up for amnesty here. For those who are leading this charge, no one seems to be making sure ALL lawbreakers are being punished. The silence is deafening.

  5. shep1975 says:

    Is there any way to prosecute the idiot who was renting his trailor park properties to illegals? If not, Chip, I think you have a bill for the next session. Knowingly harboring a drug dealer, a armed robber, etc. is a crime, why shouldn’t this be?

  6. CHelf says:

    Well they’re not filing state or federal taxes, payroll, no 1099’s, etc. So I’d say state and federal governments can get them on tax evasion. I’m sure there are more laws that could easily be brought out. The point is a few here seem to have no problem calling on the rule of law but only half of the rule of law seems to be enforced.

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